Twitter: https://twitter.com/MercCommandArchive (Thread 1): http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Infinte+Stars+Quest%2C+Space%2C+Sci+Fi%2C+Collective+GameOther Quests: http://pastebin.com/g5TtAaeeYou are Captain SAMANTHA WELLINGS, a newly minted captain of the Centauri Accord!"This feels a bit tight." You frown as you try to move around in your new Centauri Accord Navy issued uniform. One of those embarrassing form fitting things. It's not that it felt uncomfortable or anything, but you kind of felt naked, even when wearing it. Plus it pretty much revealed your entire body shape."That's because it's still brand new. Once you break it in you practically won't notice it all." Frolaytia chuckles, taking a little puff from her pipe. "These uniforms are made from next generation, low friction polymers, so chafing and discomfort should not be an issue. I daresay, it would feel almost as if you were wearing nothing at all!""Thanks, I don't need to be reminded." You groan. "Well, come now, the rest of your crew is waiting." Frolaytia tuts as she saunters out of the changing room. (cont)
>>45122311With one last groan, you follow her out, to the main preparation room, and get a good look at the rest of the crew in their new digs. Naturally enough, Amy, Elsa, Lida, and Natalia were wearing form fitting suits similar to yours, all color coded so you could quickly determine their role. However, what struck you as odd was that Bradford and Scott seemed to be wearing a more conventional set of shirt and pants. Bradford also had that silly green sweater pulled over it, making him look absolutely ridiculous. Tank was... Tank. This time he had swapped out his old carapace armor for that fancy Accord power armor. Despite its sleek and streamlined appearance, it still pretty much hid everything about Tank's appearance. You remember that those armors were typically blue or purple, but it looked as if he had hastily spray painted it black, his preferred armor color."Captainnnnnnn!" Amy whines, her arms crossed to try and hide her bust. "Do we really have to wear these?""Feels really comfortable, actually." Elsa says as she flexes her arms. "I don't feel very much different." Bradford remarks."THAT'S BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR THIS THING!" Amy roars.>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities". >You're just going to have to get used to it.>Other
>>45122322>You're just going to have to get used to it.
>>45122322>>You're just going to have to get used to it.Go YES YES YES in our head
>>45122322>>You're just going to have to get used to it.Bradford please.
>>45122322>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities".>NOTHIN' AT ALL>NOTHIN' AT ALL>NOTHIN' AT ALL
>>45122322>>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities". >>You're just going to have to get used to it.
>>45122322>>You're just going to have to get used to it.>> Secretly enjoy it in our heads
>>45122322>OtherIf it bothers you so much then wear some slacks over it.>Bradford also had that silly green sweater pulled over it, making him look absolutely ridiculous.Bradford loves that damn sweater. I don't blame him, I have one similar to his and I love the bloody thing
>>45122322>>You're just going to have to get used to it.>>45122415No Bradford or Tank bodysuit?
>>45122322>>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities".
>>45122322>>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities".Maybe we can allow for some personalized 'customizations'.
>>45122471Bradford is wearing one, just with the sweater over it.Tank is wearing the power armour. I think it's because he/she is insecure. New mission, waifu the tank if Bradford is unavailable.
>>45122527inb4 Tank is Roy Powers
>>45122322>You're just going to have to get used to it.Bradford has the right idea.
>>45122322>>You're just going to have to get used to it.What does tank's armor look like? I have this mental image of him wearing black Enclave armor, and I like it.
>>45122492>Slap on a Duster, a nice hat, and some boots when exploring a desert planet made up of one biome.
>>45122557Like a Black Templar iirc
>>45122557Like some sorta Frank Horrigan, but less homicidal indoctrinated super-mutant cyborg bodyguard?
>>45122730Should we get Tank a giant maul for that up-close combat he loves so much?
>>45122322>OtherTurn to Frolaytia and say, "This is unacceptable! If I have to wear skintight wear, then EVERYONE is going to wear skintight wear, including the men under my command. ESPECIALLY the men."
>>45122722Sorta. Homicidal towards anything that threatens ship, crew, and Captain, let's say. I'm just biased; Enclave power armor looks menacing as fuck, and it kinda matches the whole 'advanced technology thing' the accord has going. I can dream.Also, for some reason I really want Tank to be Sam's husbando. Odd, that.
>>45122322>>45122812Also backing this.
>>45122874'Tiny person with giant person' is always a winning combo.
>>45122874>>45122927Tank is best battle brother, that's why he'd make the best husbando
>>45122322>>It does seem that whoever designed these had... "skewed priorities". >>You're just going to have to get used to it.Now quit being a baby.
>>45122874>Enclave power armor looks menacing as fuckAre we talking about the Mark 1 or the Mark 2?
>>45122960And yet so far we've gone for the Bradford.
>>45122322"Well, you're just going to have to get used to it." You sigh. "We're going to have to be wearing these for the long haul.""They do have their advantages, too." Frolaytia smirks, her eyes darting among your girls. "They're also rated for vacuum. No need to fear a hull breach, at least not immediately.""Oh gee, that's swell." Amy rolls her eyes. "I guess I should be thankful this slutsuit will keep me suffocating to death in a situation where our ship is already fucked!""Chill, Amy, chill." Elsa pats her on the shoulder. "ABNORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE DETECTED." Amy's suit chimes. "ADMINISTERING CHEMICAL RELAXANT.""Hey! Don't you dareeeeeeeeeuuuaaaaa...." Amy's eyes suddenly go dull as she enters some sort of half sleep state."I think I'm liking these new suits already." Lida says casually, not even taking her eyes off from her gamepad."Oh yes, they also have their own personal medical monitoring and care units." Frolaytia adds. "Oooooh, I would LOVE to tinker with those!" Natalia grins widely, much to your concern. "All right, now that we're all gathered here, I suppose it's time to show you all your new ship." Frolaytia strides forward and hits a key on the wall, causing a panel to retract, exposing a window that shows the docked Gullinbursti.And your crew goes quiet as they gaze upon the sleek, slender ship. Judging from the looks of awe, they all seemed to like it. Especially Amy, seeing as how she'd broken out of her chemically induced stupor almost instantly and was pressing her face against the glass. Tank just looks on and shakes his head slightly, as if he wasn't impressed with the sight.>Oh come on, it'll grow on you!>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?>Other
>>45123137>>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?Don't blame you.
>>45123137>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?>Don't worry, it's much stronger than our old boat.
>>45123137>>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?
>>45123137>Oh come on, it'll grow on you!Thanix Cannon, buddy!
>>45123137>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?Yeah, I miss the armor too.
>>45123137>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?
>>45123137>Other"Oh, don't be like that, Tank! Just because most of its defense is in the shields doesn't mean it can't ram with the best of them!"
>>45123137>>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?I never was much of a fan of the Normandy anyway.
>>45123013Mark 1. Always preferred the look.>>45123137>>Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?
>>45123137"Prefer the hardier stuff, don't you?" You say to your resident muscle.Tank nods in agreement."Well, I'm sorry it's not to your tastes, but it's what we've got." You pat Tank on the shoulderpad. "But I've been assured that she's much tougher than she looks."Tank shrugs. He'll believe it when he sees it. "All right now that we've all had the proper opportunity to view the ship, let's get you all familiarized with it!" Frolaytia opens up another door, which leads into a room built to look exactly like the Gullinbursti's bridge. "This is our bridge simulator, to help train you on how the ship works. It will also allow you to test certain armament patterns to see how they work as well.""Really now?" You nod. "Sounds pretty sophisticated.""It is." Frolaytia nods. "It uses the most advanced holographic reality technology to simulate just about any situation we can think of. We can start any time, if you wish.">All right, let's get this started.>I still have a question... (specify)>Let me talk to (specify) first.>Other
>>45123605>>All right, let's get this started.
>>45123605What will happen to our old ship?
>>45123605>All right, let's get this started.
>>45123605>All right, let's get this started.Kobayashi Maru time?
>>45123605>>All right, let's get this started.We should still get those skintight suits for the guys sooner or later.
>>45123669Off to the breakers
>>45123669It's going to be scrapped dude, we had the option to save it and we didn't.This is the future we chose.
>>45123605>All right, let's get this started.Eh, it's a simulator. It's alright if mistakes are made.Better here than in actual combat.
>>45123705Or it might get mothballed just in case they need it again.
>>45123605"All right, let's get this started." You say as you take a seat in the captain's seat. The rest of your crew takes their standard positions as they would if there in an actual ship."Now, I will explain how the Gullinbursti's systems work, in case you're unfamiliar." Frolaytia steps up at the front of the bridge, hands on her hips like a teacher. "When in combat operations, the flux reactor will be your primary source of power. Now, while the flux reactor effectively has an infinite amount of energy, it generates an exotic form of heat called FLUX."You all nod as you follow along."I regular operation, flux is not an issue as the Gullinbursti can passively vent it." Frolaytia points to a holographic diagram depicting a miniature version of the ship, little heat lines emanating from it representing the movement of this flux. "However, in the midst of combat, the reactor will generate more flux than the ship is capable of naturally venting, and if allowed to buildup, will force an emergency vent which temporarily disables all systems, which of course is not an idea situation in combat.""Well, can't that be overridden?" Scott asks."The forced venting is an emergency safety measure. Bypassing it would mean that your own ship becomes a giant pressure cooker before it explodes." Frolaytia explains flatly."Oh." Scott visibly deflates."Anyways, pushing your engines, firing weapons, and taking damage to your shield all generates flux. It will be up to you to figure out how to properly manage your ship." Frolaytia continues. "SHIELDS will stay up indefinitely, but every time they absorb a hit, it generates flux. Behind your shields is the HULL, which is your last line of defense against the void. Make sure it doesn't get damaged."FLUX CAPACITY: 120HULL: 80"Now, let's see what kind of primary weapon system you'd like to use." Frolaytia smiles.(cont)
>>45124534ION CANNON: Typically a weapon used on larger capital ships, Accord engineers have managed to miniaturize the standard ion cannon to a size where a destroyer could mount one. However, the weapon still runs the length of the hull, limiting its firing arc, and it has a large flux generation rate. However, very few things hit by this weapon survive the initial shot. 30 flux per shot.FUSION BLASTER: Using powerful electromagnetic fields, a fusion explosion is artificially created and then focused into a single beam. Since the beam is focused through EM fields, there is no physical turret which gives the weapon a wide firing arc. However, the beam quickly loses energy as it travels, making it more effective as a close range weapon. 15 flux per shot.PLASMA CASTER: Rather than a singular weapon, the plasma caster is in fact numerous projectors that fire large bolts of plasma. This allows for targeting of multiple enemies and more efficient firing, but has lower attack power. 5 flux per shot. >ION CANNON>FUSION BLASTER>PLASMA CASTER
>>45124713>>FUSION BLASTERNo rail guns saddens me
>>45124713>ION CANNONWe UNSC now.
>>45124713>FUSION BLASTERShit. None of these are the fabled HEAVY BLASTER.
>>45124713>>ION CANNON>>45124803Wait I thought those were MAC cannons.
>>45124868Both are giant, linear weapons that run the length of the ship, fire in a straight line, deal a lot of damage and require a lot of power to run.
>>45124713>ION CANNONExtensive maneuvering in a fast ship, heavy attack to sensitive areas. Bring on the spinal weapon!
>>45124930That describes a lot of weapons (Yamato Cannon, Thanix Cannon, Wave-Motion Gun, etc.)The difference is that a MAC cannon is a coilgun, and the Ion Cannon is an energy weapon. One can be used as BVR arty, the other seemingly can't.
>>45124713>ION CANNONLove me some cannons
>>45124713>>ION CANNONMaximum power! This will enable the Destroyer to defeat enemies that other Destroyers would never even consider to go up against! Stay sneaky and careful, and the only thing we'll need is a single shot!
>>45124713"Let's try out the ion cannon." You say."Hmmm, a bold choice." Frolaytia nods. "And your ship can mount a secondary weapon system, as well."LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM: An array of laser emitters placed at strategic areas of the ship give wide coverage to fight threats too close or out of the line of fire of the ship's primary weapon. Very effective against small craft and incoming missiles, but individual beams have difficulty penetrating armor, especially at long ranges. 2 flux per shot.UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM: A series of small missiles launchers placed on strategic points on the ship, the UMS can fire dozens of small, highly maneuverable missiles capable of bringing down small ships and enemy missiles. Limited missile capacity but does not generate flux. 48 missiles capacity.PHOTON TORPEDO LAUNCHER: A much harder hitting projectile than the standard missile, the photon torpedo is essentially a rocket motor sheathed in a coat of high intensity plasma and other exotic energies. Causes extremely high damage, but the energy sheath has the negative effect of blinding onboard guidance systems, restricting this weapon to straight trajectories only. 24 torpedoes.>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM>PHOTON TORPEDO LAUNCHER
>>45125407>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEMALL THE MISSILES
>>45125407>>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM
>>45125407>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMIon cannon is a sniper weapon, this keep us from getting dropped by swarms.
>>45125407>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEM
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMDon't want to be tied to always looking for missile reloads.
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMNot even 48 missiles is enough against swarms.
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEM
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMWe might have a hard time against speedy medium ships, such as gunboats and corvettes. Beats getting swarmed by bombers, though.
>>45125407>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEMWe have a big hitter with heavy Flux usage, now to choose something with no flux usage and self defense capabilities.
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMWe're an exploration ship and can't depend on reloads.
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMI want all the missiles, but I think we need to be balanced.
Merc, can we salvage missiles from enemy ships?
Okay, so with the Laser Defense System we have to limit ourselves to three shots with the Ion Cannon before falling back to vent flux. That leaves us with effectively nothing else. I'd suggest limiting ourselves to two shots with the Ion Cannon, leaving the others for the laser defense system, shields, and using our engines.
>>45125774How much can we spare to take a hit or two?
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMDo not like the ammunition limit that the UMS has. If there wasn't a port nearby that can re-arm it when we use it up, the system would be useless. Also, having missiles means carrying the danger of being hit in the ammo stowage and further risk catastrophic explosions if the ship gets hit, providing even more disadvantages. Also, you can't shoot down lasers like you can for missiles.
Guys, guys. Remember, this is still a simulation and not the final loadout for our ship yet.Let's test all of the bad combos first, see how hilariously bad they are, and THEN choose a balanced combination.
>>45125698>>45125561The ship does have fabrication facilities that can slowly replenish missiles between combats. The limit is really there to show how many missiles you can sling around at any one time.
>>45125407>LASER DEFENSE SYSTEMItano circus is cool and all, but 48 launches doesn't seem like a lot.Photon torps are right out.
>>45125848Fucking laser voters....
>>45125848Oh....Oh wow... we have self-replenishing systems for the missiles?! That makes the missiles way better!
>>45125947Yeah, might want to do a missile vs. laser revote.
>>45125795When firing 3 shots with the ion cannon, there is 30 flux left. That 30 flux has to power the engines if we push them, which we probably will and use the laser defense system. At most we'd have 10 flux left to take hits. Not much.
>>45125848With this new information, we should probably revote.
>>45125848Yeah I'd have voted for missiles if I knew that
>>45125848Revote please Merc?
Aren't the simulator votes just for the simulator? Just because we chose something for the simulator doesn't mean it's going to be fitted on our ship.
>>45125407>>UNIVERSAL MISSILE SYSTEMThis is a revote after I saw the newly revealed information. The missiles would be much better due to their flexibility and the lack of Flux usage. The advantage of the Laser's ability to not need ammo is much less if the missiles can be replenished by the ship directly.
Some more arguments for the missile system: With the UMS, we can safely fire the Ion Cannon three times in a row and have enough to be decently fine. With just the LWS I wouldn't be comfortable firing it more than twice in a row.Remember, Flux is how we sustain damage and use our engines effectively. And we'll want to overdrive our engines to retreat to vent flux.
>>45125407"Ah, ion cannon and lasers, huh?" Frolaytia nods. "Interesting combination. Let's see how that works, yes?"She then steps away as the screen fizzles, generating the artificial holographic environment. Up ahead, you see a rectangular, grey and blocky ship. You could see gun barrels poking out against its silhouette. It certainly looked rather menacing."This is the Hegemony's equivalent to the Normandy-class, the Halcyon-class destroyer." Frolaytia explains. "It's armed with a heavy magnetic accelerator cannon, as well as an array of smaller mass driver turrets. While these weapons are cruder and less powerful than ours, they ARE more flux efficient, so do not underestimate them.""That looks like some pretty thick armor on it, though." Elsa points out."It is. The Halcyons are still old designs, so they sport thick armor under the assumption that they would also be facing threats with equivalent weaponry. Other than a few rare cases, most Halycons do not employ shield systems. If you can get a good hit with the ion cannon, I daresay that you'd be able to gut the entire ship.""Well, let's find out, shall we?" You grin. "Let's get this started!"SIMULATION ACTIVATEDOnce those words float by, the lighting turns to a dark red to signify combat conditions. Immediately, you can see the Halycon charge at you."Detecting energy buildup. They're preparing to fire their primary weapon." Lida announces.FLUX: 0/120HULL: 80/80>Charge forward and respond with the ion cannon. (30 flux)>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)>Boost out of its line of fire. (10 flux)>Other
And those asking for a revote, you'll get that opportunity after this sim is finished!
>>45126201>>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)
>>45126201>>Charge forward and respond with the ion cannon. (30 flux)We have full shields and no Flux used, maximum Alpha strike!
>>45126201>>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)Time to get to a much better firing position in a 3D environment.
>>45126201>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)
>>45126226I love scifi art.
>>45126201>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)Let's see how manueverable this ship is without using its special abilities first, to get a sense of its baseline performance.Remember, this is just a simulation. It's okay to get hit; that's the point of this exercise.
>>45126201>>Boost out of its line of fire. (10 flux)
>>45126201>>Try to maneuver out of its line of fire. (0 flux)Don't wanna start off guns blazing, that's not tasteful.
>>45126201> try to maneuver out of the LoF.Do this, but since we can 6-axis. hard port, half back with a yaw to the right.this puts us in gun line while avoiding theirs.
Hey guys, what did I mi-->Hegemony's Normandy-equivalent is the Halcyon-class destroyerWE COULDA HAD THE GODDAMN PILLAR OF AUTUMN?!
>>45126535We could just capture one for ourselves. Build a little rag tag fleet.
>>45126535THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT
>>45126535>DestroyerConsidering the original was a cruiser, it would've been a mini-Autumn.Besides, no guarantee that it'd have had the Autumn's experimental tech.
>>45126535Meh, the Autumn wasn't worth not getting the ship with shields. Shields can recharge, Armor can't.
>>45126201"Amy, get us out of the line of fire!" You bark."On it!" Amy hands fly across the control console in a blur of motion. The ship does a simulated shudder as the Gullinbursti pulls hard to port. The Halcyon turns to try and track, but its just a bit too slow. However, you see the mass driver turrets swiveling around and the HUD picks up the signature flares of missile launches. The mass drivers fire a volley, and the Gullinbursti's shields flare with a blue flash as the shells are deflected away. "Multiple missile locks!" Lida warns. "I count at least six medium missiles!""Elsa, do we have a firing solution?!" You ask. "Not yet!" Elsa growls. "I need Amy to swing the nose around first!""I need a few more seconds!" Amy grunts.FLUX: 15/120HULL: 80/80MISSILES>Take the hits.>Intercept the missiles. (Approx 12 flux)>Boost engine power to attempt a dodge. (10 flux)>Boost engine power to accelerate aiming. (10 flux)>Other
>>45126797>Intercept the missiles. (Approx 12 flux)
>>45126797>>Intercept the missiles. (Approx 12 flux)
>>45126797>Boost engine power to attempt a dodge. (10 flux)
>>45126797>>Intercept the missiles. (Approx 12 flux)Time to test the fucking lasers! Getting hit would likely drain Flux anyways, so fire away!
>>45126611>>45126585I'll admit, I have a soft spot for the UNSC. And MAC guns.>>45126797>Take the hits.Time to test out how hardy those shields are!
>>45126875Bungie era Halo ships were something special.
>>45126906Indeed they were. Then 343 shat the bed.Merc, is there a chance we could possibly capture an In Amber Clad of our own?
>>45126875>Say My Name>Pillar of Autumn>Forward Unto Dawn>Heart of Midlothian>Unto the Breach>In Amber Clad>Aegis FateHad some of the best ship names too.
>>45126797>>Intercept the missiles. (Approx 12 flux)Laser light show? Laser light show.
>>45127054In Amber Clad is okay by me.
>>45127081>InfinityAwful name. I knew Halo 5 would suck the minute I heard that unoriginal piece of shit.
>>45127170Halo 4, excuse me.
>>45126797""Engage point defense!" You command. "Shoot those missiles down!""Firing!" Elsa affirms. On your tactical view, you can see ruby red beams of light lance out from the Gullinbursti, bracketing the incoming missiles. Six explosions confirm their success, though you notice your flux meter noticeably rise.Meanwhile, your shield is continually pounded by mass driver rounds, adding more strain. Amy hits a lever, swinging Gullinbursti's nose around to point at the Halcyon's flank while maintaining lateral movement. Already, your tactical view shows damage calculations appearing as an overlay on top of the Halcyon. Focusing firepower on the ship's reactor had about 70% chance of hull penetration and 100% chance of completely destroying the ship if successful. An alternate firing mode had you sweeping the ion beam across the Halcyon's flank, with only 20% chance of hull penetration and massive damage to numerous subsystems."Ion cannon charged and ready!" Elsa shouts, her finger already hovering over the firing key.FLUX: 35/120HULL: 80/80>Focus firepower on the reactor.>Sweep the flank.>Other
>>45127170It's why I read the books, such a great universe and it's squandered in the games.
>>45127267>>Focus firepower on the reactor."Fire main gun!"
>>45127267>>Focus firepower on the reactor.
>>45127267>Focus firepower on the reactor.
>>45127267>>Focus firepower on the reactor.OPEN FIRE
>>45127267>Sweep the flank.
>>45127267>>Sweep the flank.If we can damage their gravity and life support, they'll be in a helluva hard spot to continue fighting.
>>45127267>>Sweep the flank.Hm... a big bang is easily expected from the reactor shot, I'm more curious of what kind of damage would the sweep can do while we're still in the sims. Maybe a boarding action to capture would be feasible after?
>>45127267"Fire!" You order. "Focus all fire on the reactor core!""Firing!" Elsa cackles as she punches the key.You're temporarily blinded as the ion cannon fires, briefly filling your view with searing white light. And just like that a pure blue-white beam lances out and drills right into the rear section of the Halcyon. You watch as the ion beam slams into the Halycon's thick armored flank, sopping for a brief second or two before it melts away. After about three or so seconds, the weapon safety kicks in and cuts off the firing sequence. The beam winks out, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the Halycon. Another brief second passes by before you see a few flashes within the hole, and the Halycon explodes brilliantly, sending fire and debris flying in all sides before the entire hologram dissolves."Congratulations." Frolaytia claps as she steps forward. "You've won your first battle! Well, simulated battle, but it's not bad for a new crew like yours!">That felt a little too easy.>That was some pretty exciting stuff.>Other
>>45127736>That felt a little too easy.
>>45127736>>That felt a little too easy.
>>45127736>>That felt a little too easy.... But no Kobayashimaru please.
>>45127736>>That felt a little too easy.Well that was kind of quick. It's an expected outcome of using the Ion Cannon, but the battle felt a little... too simple.
>>45127736>>That felt a little too easy.Does Froy have any famous SPESS battles stored in the sim's databanks? Let's see if she can't toss us right into the thick of it so we can really test this thing.
>>45127736"That felt a little too easy, honestly." You frown. "That happened very quick.""Well, it WAS a basic simulation. Against a stock Halcyon with simple AI routines. More to just test your familiarity with the systems." Frolaytia shrugs. "If you really do desire it, I could grant you something a little more... difficult.">Nah, I think we're good.>I'm all for it.>Other
>>45127982>>I'm all for it.
>>45127982>I'm all for it.
>>45127982>>Nah, I think we're good.
>>45127982>Nah, I think we're good.
>>45127982>>I'm all for it.She gave us a tutorial level.I take offense to that.
>>45127982>>I'm all for it.It's against a capital ship, isn't it? I hope we go toe-to-toe against a capital ship.
>>45127982>>Nah, I think we're good.Let's move on with the plot
>>45127982>>I'm all for it.Aw yiss, bring it on! I want to fully test this baby's capabilities!
>>45127982>'m all for it.
>>45127982>>Nah, I think we're good.If only because everyone knows we're gonna get thrown into something nuts- but in all seriousness, let's get a move on. I don't want any more mock battles. We all know an actual fight is gonna take some stepping up, so let's not worry about it here.
>>45128087But we should find out just how much this ship can take before it hits it's limits in the sims while we can, if only so that we would know better to avoid that happening for real situations. HP and Flux points are easy to understand, but what other kinds of scenarios would render those less important? There are still the stealth systems and boosting options that we haven't explored yet, and that's not counting how well the missiles work against a much bigger ship.
Hey Merc, is there gonna be a pastebin for all in-universe information for easy reference?
>>45127982"I'm all for it." You grin."Oh, I see." Frolaytia's grin widens. "Then let us try this scenario, then."The simulated scene reforms, but now instead of one Halcyon, you are confront with TWO. While the leading one looks the same as the first, the trailing destroyer looks noticeably different, the signature boxy outlines of additional missile launchers. "You see, standard Hegemony policy is to engage Accord ships with at least a 2:1 or 3:1 numbers ratio. Since you'll be ranging out to deep space on your own, you must always expect to be outnumbered." Frolaytia chuckles."Just had to open your big mouth, didn't you?" Amy groans. "Picking up multiple target locks." Lida says, beads of sweat now visible on her forehead. "Weapons charging. First ship is closing distance while the second is holding position.""They're trying to split our attention." Bradford grimaces. "That second Halycon is going to act as artillery support, lobbing missiles at us while the first one tries to get into firing position.""I can see that, Bradford." You narrow your eyes. You go over your options. You could close in on the first Halcyon and make yourself a tougher target for the second one, but you get the feeling they'd still have the advantage in a close range slug out. You could try going for the second one, but you'd be exposing your back to the first.FLUX: 0/120HULL: 0/80>Focus on the first Halcyon.>Focus on the second Halcyon. >Other
>>45128317Yeah, I'm working on that!
>>45128359>>Focus on the second Halcyon.
>>45128359>>OtherManeuver to keep the First Halcyon in front of the second Halcyon ship.
>>45128359>>OtherWe're faster right? Just bail?
>>45128359>Focus on the second Halcyon. Gotta keep those missiles from firing.Or, experimentally, get the second Halcyon's missiles to hit the first.
>>45128359>Focus on the second Halcyon.
>>45128359>>Focus on the second Halcyon.That arty support is the bigger problem--just keep dancing with the first Halcyon while swiping at the second.
>>45128359>Focus on the second Halcyon.Mass drivers are bad enough, but those missiles will likely be harder on our shields.>>45128388Yeah, that's the smart thing, but I want to see how much punishment this ship can take if we don't do the smart thing.Also, the second ship is armed with missiles, so they likely don't care if we break LoS. They'll just get targeting data from the first ship and fire the missiles anyway.
>>45128359>>Focus on the second Halcyon.Agreed on how missiles are a bad idea. If we were equipped to fire counter-missiles of our own, the first would be a better target. But as it is now, letting those missiles constantly drain Flux by either point defense usage or shield draining means we'd lose by being whittled down. Kill the Second one first, and dodge the aim of the the First one with boost later.
>Focus on the second Halcyon.
>>45128359"Amy, set course for the second Halcyon! We're going try and take it out first!" You command."Um, all right!" Amy nods as she takes the controls. Gullinbursti noses up to get over the first Halcyon."Missile launches confirmed!" Lida announces. "twelve, no... sixteen missiles!""Lasers warmed up and ready to go!" Elsa grins."I think we need to pull off a major boost if we want to close in without getting turned into mincemeat." Amy grimaces."That'll make it harder for my lasers to target!" Elsa complains. "And there's still that other Halcyon behind us." Bradford reminds you. "It might take it a while to turn around, but once it does, we'll be penned in."FLUX: 0/120HULL: 0/80>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)>Rely on your lasers and shields to keep you protected. (??? flux).>Other
>>45128740>Rely on your lasers and shields to keep you protected. (??? flux).Mystery box!
>>45128740>>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)
>>45128740>>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)We have to move quickly before the first Halcyon gets an angle. Otherwise we'll have to use even more Flux. So really, just boost now.
>>45128740>Rely on your lasers and shields to keep you protected. (??? flux).
>>45128740>>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)Time to test our limits
>>45128740>>Rely on your lasers and shields to keep you protected. (??? flux).Roll that Hard Six!
>>45128740>>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)Go go go! with how the second one one is positioning, we have to kill it quickly! no time to waste!
>>45128740>>Rely on your lasers and shields to keep you protected. (??? flux).
>>45128740>>Full boost. You need to go fast. (30? flux)All these variable costs. Fuck.>Captcha: Pick all images with pancakesWE MUST WIN FOR PANCAKES
>>45128740>Full boost. You need to go fast.
>>45128740"Punch it, Amy!" You order."Punching it!" Amy cackles as she pushes the throttle forward. Even with inertial dampening, you can feel slight Gs pushing against you. This was one very thorough simulator.Up ahead, the second Halcyon, and its missiles, suddenly become much much larger as the Gullinbursti speeds forth. However, as you close the distance, you also reduce the available reaction time of your laser batteries. Again, ruby red beams shoot forward, spearing incoming missiles and destroying them, but not all of them. You wince as several missiles slip through the point defense and slam into your shield. Immediately, warning sirens chime as your flux levels rise.FLUX: 80/120"Damn, that really did a number on us." You groan. "Do we still have enough to fire the ion cannon?""Barely." Elsa grimaces. "But we're going too fast! I might not be able to hit for full damage!""That second Halcyon is starting to target us." Bradford reminds you.>Maintain velocity. You can't afford to slow down.>Slow down for a better shot.>Other
>>45129104>>Slow down for a better shot.
>>45129104>Maintain velocity. You can't afford to slow down.I think we've proven that we do need those missiles if we're keeping the ion cannon.
>>45129104>.>>Slow down for a better shot.
>>45129104>>Slow down for a better shot.I'm personally waiting for the time when we need to say the phrase: "REVERSE POLARITY!"
>>45129104>Slow down for a better shot.Better make that goddamn flux count.
>>45129104>>Slow down for a better shot.Don't take any chances, one shot, one kill.
>>45129139At least we won't have to do any of the bullshit on Stargate SG1
>>45129104>Slow down for a better shot.
>>45129104>>Maintain velocity. You can't afford to slow down.GOTTA FLY FASTGOTTA SHOOT FAST
>>45129139>"REVERSE POLARITY!"Really? I'm looking forward to (though not hoping for) the moment we'll say: RAMMING SPEED! BRACE FOR IMPACT!!!
>>45129211If we ever get shield strong enough for it--or are facing a smaller ship--, I wouldn't put it past us to do it for shits and giggles.
Who the hell is slowing down? We can't slow down. That gets us killed. Y'all are idiots.
>>45129211This: >>45129233 plus lots and lots of Hull armour.
>>45129265If we lose our speed advantage then the extra hull armor is negligible.
>>45129104"Amy, throttle it back!" You order. "Elsa, get that weapon ready to fire NOW!" "Roger!" Amy says as she hits Gullinbursti's retro rockets, greatly slowing down the whole ship. You watch as the second Halcyon opens up more missile tubes, but it's already too late. "Firing!" Elsa laughs as the ion beam fires. Almost immediately, secondary explosions erupt all across the ship as the stored missiles are set off by the high temperatures. The ion beam continues on to cut right through the Halycon's engine block, causing even more secondary explosions. The Halcyon doesn't explode, but it begins to list and drift and fires wrack its hull. "Incoming missiles from behind" Lida calls out. "The other ship is trying to line up a shot on us!" Indeed, your rear tactical view shows the second Halcyon freshly completing its turn, launching a series of six missiles at your rear."Captain, we're nearly at our flux limit." Bradford says. "We either need to vent it or we need to strike that Halcyon first."FLUX: 110/120HULL: 80/80>Attempt to hit the Halcyon with the ion cannon. >Use all remaining flux to boost away to a safe distance before venting. >Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.>Other
>>45129433>>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.
>>45129433>>Use all remaining flux to boost away to a safe distance before venting.
>>45129433>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.Operation: Audacious Gambit
>>45129433>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.As long as they ain't like QAAMs, we're good.
>>45129433>>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.Let's flush as much as we can and get going--I don't want to be next to this ship when it explodes.
>>45129433>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.I know the missiles will likely track, but I'd like to see what the Accord knows about how the Hegemony's missiles act.
>>45129462How about Operation Corpse Cover?
>>45129433>>Use all remaining flux to boost away to a safe distance before venting.Um guys, if the Stricken Halcyon explodes AFTER it gets hit by all the incoming missiles, wouldn't there be a chance that the reactors would finally blow? The amount of debris that would make is kinda dangerous to be around with.
>>45129433>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.
>>45129513It's not a corpse yet.
>>45129533So Operation Starship Shield?
>>45129567I think our ship came with those by default.
>>45129433>>Use the stricken missile Halycon as cover and vent.Cover is good.
>>45129433"Amy, get us behind that wreck!" You order. "Scott, prepare for a flux vent!""Roger!" Amy grimaces as she throttles up, guiding Gullinbursti towards the burning hulk of the missile Halcyon and then noses down, interposing the burning destroyer between you and the intact Halcyon. "Scott, NOW!" You order."Venting!" Scott flips open a safety cover and hits the big red button underneath. A loud siren wails and you hear a hissing sound as Gullinbursti vents all of its built up flux. Your tactical display and your crew's work stations go dark for a few brief seconds before rebooting. "Status report!" You shout."Propulsion up!""Weapons up!""Sensors up!""Shields up!" "Lida, what happened those missiles?" You ask."Look like the heat and mass of the wreck fooled their sensors." Lida explains.Right then, the stricken Halcyon shatters like glass as a massive shell punches straight through it."They've got their MAC locked onto us!" Bradford grunts. "This piece of cover isn't going to hold!">Old school slug fest. See whose defenses fail first. (30 flux)>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)>Other
>>45129762>>Old school slug fest. See whose defenses fail first. (30 flux)
>>45129762>>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)
>>45129762>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)
>>45129762>>Old school slug fest. See whose defenses fail first. (30 flux)Looks like we need a proper song for this LAST STAND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQDK6x1i8jY
>>45129762>Old school slug fest. See whose defenses fail first. (30 flux)
Why the fuck are people trying to slug? We're a speedy ship. We don't take hits. We run away from them.Anons, defend your position!
>>45129762>>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)The captcha-granted powers of bananas compel you!
>>45129762>>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)Break out the skillet, here comes the heat!>>45129780What we need is some goddamn space opera shit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsnlRZTSFFc&spfreload=10
>>45129762>>You need to re-position fast! (20 flux)Destroyers aren't frigging capital ships, we're suppose to try to dodge main cannon attacks dammit!
>>45129857Goddamn, I've forgotten how good Star Wars music is.
>>45129762"Amy, time to go fast." You say to your helmswoman."I was waiting for that!" Amy cackles as she engages the engines at full. Again you feel the press of simulated G forces as Gullinbursti rockets out away from the wrecked Halcyon. And just in time, too. A second MAC round slams into the stricken ship, this time setting off its reactor. Your tactical view is temporarily blinded as the ship breaks up. Mass driver rounds then flash by as they attempt to track your movements."Picking up increased energy output." Lida says. "Looks like they're pouring energy into their engines as well."Sure enough, you tactical view shows the remaining Halcyon's retro rockets firing up as it goes into a rapid spin to keep up with your speed. If the crew were real, you didn't envy what they would be feeling right now as their ship spun around like a top."What's the call, Cap?" Amy asks. "I can't keep this speed up forever!">Try to circle around the Halcyon and engage with your laser turrets. Death by a thousand cuts. (??? flux)>Try to get an angle to fire off your ion cannon at it. (30 flux)>Try to take out the Halcyon in a high speed pass. (40 flux)>Other
>>45130022>>Try to take out the Halcyon in a high speed pass. (40 flux)It's time for them to kiss the skyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pHQuCezmLE
>>45130022>>Try to get an angle to fire off your ion cannon at it. (30 flux)
>>45130022>Try to take out the Halcyon in a high speed pass. (40 flux)
>>45130022>>Try to circle around the Halcyon and engage with your laser turrets. Death by a thousand cuts. (??? flux)FULL HAM
>>45130022>>Try to take out the Halcyon in a high speed pass. (40 flux)
>>45130022>Try to take out the Halcyon in a high speed pass. (40 flux)Drive by!
>>45130022>>Try to get an angle to fire off your ion cannon at it. (30 flux)Being flashy is tempting, but it's time to get shit done.
>>45130022>>45130075This is pretty much my thoughts on it. I want to pull a stunt, but...eh, let's not.
>>45130022>>Try to get an angle to fire off your ion cannon at it. (30 flux)Aim and fire.
>>45130022>Try to get an angle to fire off your ion cannon at it. (30 flux)
>>45130022"Let's do a high speed pass on them!" You instruct Amy. "Straight at them! Elsa, get read to hit them with the ion cannon!""Okay, hold on tight!" Amy whips Gullinbursti around and aims straight for it, giving Elsa the best shot possible. Elsa, on her part, times the shot as best she can, firing off the cannon right at the moment the nose lines up with the Halcyon.At the same time, the Halcyon manages to fire off a shot from its MAC, the massive hypersonic shell is hastily aimed, and deflects off Gullinbursti's shield at an oblique angle, but your flux meter still spikes from the hit. Just brief seconds later, the ion beam sweeps straight down the Halcyon's spine, melting turrets, sensors, and pretty much anything else sticking out of the hull. "Positive hit!" Bradford confirms, his expression getting the closest to excitement as possible for him. "Looks like we did some serious damage to them.""And our shields?" You ask. "Holding fine, but our flux is pretty high again." Lida remarks. "The Halcyon isn't turning around. Looks like it's trying to withdraw.""How about its weapons? Is it still a threat?""Well, the MAC won't be an issue, but it's got enough turrets and missiles left that it might lock us out of using the ion cannon again." Lida continues."Should we pursue, Captain?" Bradford asks.FLUX: 80/120HULL: 80/80>Pursue and finish off the Halcyon.>We've already won this fight. No point chasing.>Other
>>45130290>>We've already won this fight. No point chasing.
>>45130290>>We've already won this fight. No point chasing.I'd say we have a good hand on this ship's abilities. Time to get some actual hours in behind the wheel of this baby and start making paper!
>>45130290>>Pursue and finish off the Halcyon.Never leave an enemy alive when you can kill him.
>>45130290>We've already won this fight. No point chasing.
>>45130290>We've already won this fight. No point chasing.We don't have the flux to hit it and shrug off the hits. Since it's not mission critical to finish it off, let it go.
Guys, is there a way we can perform upgrades to this ship like her namesake and visual inspiration? We should seriously look into finding some reinforced hull plates and either larger/more efficient flux heatsink things so we don't have to flush so often and don't build up so quickly.
>>45130401Merc'll probably give us the opportunity for upgrades after we've done a few missions and hauled in some cash for the corps.
So we are essentially acting as explorers for the not!federation?
>>45130401Flux capacity/efficiency is a must.
>>45130435And as enterprising profiteers of course.
>>45130290"Negative, let's hold off. We don't have the flux capacity to keep this up." You sigh."Roger that, powering down." Amy nods.With that, the hologram dissolves, and Frolaytia walks in, clapping slowly."An impressive performance. Not many can get past that scenario on their first attempt " She grins. "Though I am curious. Why did you spare that second ship?">They weren't worth our time.>I don't really like the idea of killing when I don't have to.>My first concern is my crew and ship's safety.>Other
>>45130467>They weren't worth our time.
>>45130467>>My first concern is my crew and ship's safety.
>>45130456what is the limit of our authority? >>45130467>I don't really like the idea of killing when I don't have to.Though I personally believe in eliminating all threats that don't mean the character has to.
>>45130435Pretty much. We've been caught up in the middle of a galaxy-wide game of Planetside, and I think that we've tossed in with Vanu. So on top of doing the entire "go where no man has gone before" schtick, we also have to be at our benefactors' beck and call whenever we have to go fuck shit up among the Hegemony or the Confederacy.The pay for our efforts should be sweet--or at least I'm hoping it's sweet.>>45130467>>My first concern is my crew and ship's safety.
>>45130467>My first concern is my crew and ship's safety.
>>45130467>>My first concern is my crew and ship's safety.no need to take unnecessary risks when we don't have to, flux was high.
>>45130482I guess it's 'don't make the Navy or Centauri look bad'. We're working for corporate after all, so as long as it doesn't bite anybody else in the ass, we could maybe go conquistador on new worlds.
>>45130496>The pay for our efforts should be sweet--or at least I'm hoping it's sweet.Mega Corps anon, Mega Corps. We'll be rolling in sweet sweet dosh
>>45130527Lets hope our ethics and morals hold up.
>>45130537If Merc's previous quests are any indication, we'll be Kirk but with less green alien women and more husbandos.
>>45130530And most of that is probably going to go back toward upkeep for our ship and payroll for our crew. Profits will probably be fairly slim as we start out.Perhaps if we took on some bounty hunting on the side we'd be able to make some good money? Either that or finding lost space relics for eccentrics--that always has a hefty purse attached.
>>45130595Who said there had to be less women?
>>45130595Well in that case its not the worst thing we could become.
>>45130598Or get hired by the rich conspiracy to retrieve ancient alien artifacts. That's always a good moneymaker.
>>45130598Those aren't terrible ideas at all
>>45130595What if Merc pulls a fast one on all of us and introduces a son character to serve as a counterpoint to the CyberIdol daughterus?
>>45130632thats a woman anon.
>>45130632Or an alien child. Who becomes a key figure in stopping the alien invasion via ascendance or something.
>>45130628MAKE US WHOLE, SAMANTHAAlso what the hell, captcha Hawaiian bread stuffed into the bottom of a Dutch oven a pie does not make.
>>45130671inb4 we find an alien artifact that connects this Sam to all other Sams across Merc's quests
>>45130467"My first concern is my crew and ship's safety." You say as you stand up from your simulated command chair. "If I don't have to put them in danger, then I won't.""A fair point of view." Frolaytia smiles as she puffs her pipe. "I always find officers like you utterly fascinating. Will you be able to make your mark on the frontier... or will the frontier make its mark on you?""Yeah yeah, so when are we gonna leave?" Amy grunts as she puts her hands on her hips in impatience. "When can I start flying the REAL ship?""Oh, we shall get to that shortly!" Frolaytia assures her. "You've all performed admirably. I don't think my superiors will raise any objections to an immediate deployment! Now, come with me, Captain. My subordinates will help get your crew familiarized with the ship. We have one more thing to handle.""And what would that be?" You ask.Frolaytia's smile grows even wider as she gestures out the window to the docked Gullinbursti."The final fit out of course!">And that's it for tonight! As always, next thread will be next week. Don't forget KanColle on Friday!>Anyways, I'd like to get some feedback on the FLUX system, as well as the absence of rolling. What did you think? Do you want rolls to be back and play a larger role in gameplay? Let me know!
>>45130731Flux system is fine and so is no rolling, thanks for running boss
>>45130731any chance of us seeing past characters yet merc?
>>45130731Thanks for running!I enjoyed the Flux system. I just wish some anons realized that speed is life.Also, gotta get dem missiles.
>>45130731The roll-less gameplay flowed better, I think. It's a bit odd to get used too, but I think we should stick with it for a bit longer.Right now, though, I'm just itching to get out into the galaxy at large and start exploring. Good run as always, Merc!
>>45130731Personally I'm rather fond of rolling.Tears of dread and joy from nat 1s and 20s make my day.Flux system makes for an interesting dynamic, I'll give it that. Seeing more of it in action would help for a more solid opinion.I just want the nat 1s for drinking.
>>45130784Oh, don't worry, rolling won't COMPLETELY go away! It'll definitely play a part in certain social situations!
>>45130731Thanks for running, Merc!IMO the lack of dice rolls lowers tension. Insofar combat is just watching our Flux and making sure we don't vote for stupid decisions. Granted, if we made stupid decisions earlier, we could still be screwed over later, but the tension of putting our fate in the hand of the dice gods is gone, and combat is so far not complicated enough that it feels like there could be real failure.I'm willing to stick with it, but I just hope it gets more interesting in the coming threads.
>>45130790Perfect.Now when do we get the guys some skintight suits?
>>45130791I despise d20 rolling, if people love rolling so much we could use the 3d10 system.
>>45130790Will we ever see Tank out of his armor?
>>45130806If anything, i will try to cook some armors for Tank next week.